Costa, Dermody: House Republicans Using Universities as Budget Pawns

Harrisburg – July 19, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Representative Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today issued the following statement in reaction to the House Republican leadership’s continuing refusal to call the House into session to work toward closure on the 2017-18 budget:

“The House last met over a week ago without completing the work on revenue needed to finalize the state budget.  Republican Speaker Mike Turzai has not advised lawmakers of when the House might reconvene. 

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Lawmakers Rally to Denounce ‘Repeal and Replace’ Health Care Plan

HARRISBURG, June 26, 2017 — Lawmakers from the state Senate and House of Representatives, along with Wolf Administration officials and advocates, denounced the latest attempt in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during a rally today at the State Capitol.

The lawmakers said the Republican-led efforts in Washington will have an immediate and devastating impact on Pennsylvanians’ health care and will add to an already-gaping budget deficit.

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SPC Votes to Move Mon-Fayette Expressway Project Forward, Costa Says

Harrisburg – June 26, 2017 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement after the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) acted today to move the Mon-Fayette Expressway project as a part of the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program.

 

 

 

The 47-4 vote by the SPC helps clear the way for the $2.2 billion road to be built from PA-51 in Jefferson to I-376 in Monroeville. The 14-mile segment is the final phase of the Mon-Fayette Expressway from I-68 to I-376 in Monroeville.

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Lawmakers Unveil Legislation Creating Trust Fund for Youth Impacted by Prison System

HARRISBURG, June 21, 2017 — A bipartisan group of state senators and Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today unveiled legislation to establish a public charitable trust to help children impacted by the prison system and reverse the direction of youth who are on a path leading to incarceration in Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

The legislation, authored by state Sens. Vincent Hughes, Pat Browne, Jay Costa and Richard Alloway, would create the “First Chance Trust Fund,” which would be used to create scholarships and provide grants to programs that benefit children of incarcerated loved ones and children facing challenges.

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Costa Takes Steps to hold Pharmaceutical Industry Accountable for Opioid Crisis

Harrisburg – June 15, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today signaled his intent to introduce a resolution urging Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro to file suit against the pharmaceutical industry for deceptive and unfair marketing practices.

 

 

 

Costa’s resolution requests that any funds recovered from the lawsuits be placed in a reserve account to be used for drug, alcohol and mental health treatment.

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Senate Democrats, Pittsburgh Mayor Advance Efforts on Climate Change Despite Trump

Harrisburg – June 13, 2017 –  Committed to positioning Pennsylvania as a leader in the battle against global climate change, Sens. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) and Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware), along with Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto today outlined legislation to support the continuation of the Obama Clean Power Plan.

 

 

 

“The recent actions of President Trump to dismiss the realities of climate change and abandon the Paris climate accord will be felt from Pennsylvania to Paris,” Costa said.  “We have a moral and ethical responsibility as elected officials to do the right thing, at the right time for the right reasons.

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Senator Jay Costa’s Electric Choice Forum

Learn about the Pennsylvania Utility Commission and how to shop for electricity through PA Power Switch.

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Senator Jay Costa and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack Host Pathway to Pardons

Learn about the pardons process and other processes that could allow you to keep a record of a non-violent crime from getting in the way of your ability to get a job or take advantage of other opportunities.

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Campaign Finance Reform

This much-needed reform measure is aimed to protect the integrity of our state government and maintain the balance of influence in the election of public officials by establishing campaign contribution limits in Pennsylvania.

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Property Tax Reform

Our new property tax plan would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners, reduce property taxes by $1,990 for another 1.2 million homesteads and provide a $500 rent rebate for more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians.

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Surprise Balance-Billing

With some 45 million Americans behind on medical bills, and half of all bankruptcies caused by them, patients should not risk being saddled with bills for services they reasonably understood would be covered by their health insurance.

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The Pennsylvania Arts and Culture Caucus, a bi-cameral, bi-partisan caucus, was established in October 2012 with the purpose of providing caucus members access to the latest research, education and policy developments on arts and culture.  Additionally we support caucus members in their efforts to draft and pass legislation that advances arts, culture, and tourism in the Commonwealth.

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